Cycling about town is one of our favorite pastimes here in the quaint Victorian town of Cape May. Cape May Bike Rentals can tell you where to rent a bike, what is provided, hours of operation, safety tips, and where to ride. Get all the info before you go!
Bicycle riding on the Boardwalk/ Promenade is permitted in the morning up until 10 AM.
Bicycles are not permitted on the beaches.
All riders under the age of 17 required to wear a helmet by state law.
Remember to always ride with traffic, or on the right side of the road.
Please obey all traffic laws such as stop signs and traffic lights
Cape May Bike Rental Shops:
Cape Island Bike & Beach Rentals
Beach & Howard St. at the Hotel Macomber
1100 Block of New Jersey Ave. (behind Buckingham Hotel)
135 Sunset Blvd., W. Cape May (just before Wicker Outlet)
Cape May, NJ 08204
Offer: Traditional bikes, double seaters, surrey bikes, children’s bikes, alley cats (partial bike to attach for children), child trailers, beach carts, beach chairs, and wheel chairs. Months Open: May through October Hours In Season: Main Location Howard St. 7 AM—7 PM, New Jersey Ave. & Sunset Blvd. 8 AM—2 PM or call ahead to confirm hours. Hours Off Season: Varies with weather and conditions. A phone call in advance is advised to confirm hours.
Rates: Hourly $5, daily $10, 24 hour rate $15, 3 day rate $25, weekly $35 Provide: Helmets and locks at no extra charge. Baby seats and baskets are additional charge. Delivery available? Yes, on 24 hour or more cycle rentals. Delivery is free, but must accompany a $40 minimum rental.
Village Bicycle Shop
605 Lafayette Street
Cape May, NJ 08204
Offer: Traditional bikes, double seaters, surrey bikes Months Open: March through December Hours In Season: 7 AM—7 PM Hours Off Season: Generally 8 AM—5 PM daily, on nice days. Varies with weather and conditions. A phone call in advance is advised to confirm hours. Rates: Hourly $5, daily $12, weekly $40 per standard bicycle. Double seaters and surreys run a little more. Provide: Helmets, baby seats, and locks at no extra charge. Delivery Available? Yes, weekly cycle rentals only. You must first come into the shop, select your bike, and pay for rental. (Please don’t ask for delivery if you are only a few blocks away.) Bikes can be picked up at the end of your stay.
Shields’ Bike Rentals
11 Gurney Street
Cape May, NJ 08204
609-898-1818 / 609-884-BIKE
Offer: Traditional bikes, surreys, double seaters, children’s bikes, adult bike with child attachment. No mountain bikes or bikes with gears. Hours In Season: 7 AM—7 PM daily. Months Open: April through November Hours Off Season: 9 AM—dusk. Varies with weather and conditions. A phone call in advance is advised to confirm hours. Rates: $5 hourly, $10 daily, $35 weekly Provide: Helmets, locks, and baskets at no extra charge. Nominal charge for baby seats @ $2 daily and $5 weekly. Delivery available? Yes on weekly cycle rentals at no extra charge.
Cape May is a biking town, so you're likely to see bicycles just about everywhere you go. If you're riding with children, you may want to stay out of the more congested areas during the summer. We've come up with a few spots the locals favor, although keep in mind that some of the distances may be a little long for children.
Bicycle riding on the Boardwalk/ Promenade is permitted in the morning only up until 10 AM.
Madison Ave. has designated biking lanes on a portion of the road, from the water tower up to the beach.
New Jersey Ave. has designated biking lanes on the entire street, from Madison Ave. to Wilmington Ave., where you'll end up at what the locals call Poverty Beach.
Pittsburgh Ave. also has designated biking lanes from Texas Ave. to the beach, and the state streets off this road are comfortable, such as Virginia and Ohio Aves., and more.
Sunset Boulevard offers a wide shoulder for bicycles, but be aware that traffic moves quickly on this road. Take Sunset Boulevard to the end to visit Sunset Beach and see the sunken ship, search for Cape May Diamonds, and visit Sunset Beach Gift Shop.
Sunset Blvd. is also the path to Cape May Point, which is a biker's paradise. Turn left on to Lighthouse Road to visit the lighthouse and Cape May Point State Park.
West Cape May is also a beautiful area to ride, especially the numbered streets such as Second to Sixth Aves. Fourth Ave. is very wide, and can be taken as a back road to Cape May Point. Follow Fourth Ave. from Broadway across Bayshore Road where it becomes Stevens St. Take Stevens St. all the way out to Sunset Blvd. You have to travel a little ways on Sunset Blvd. but you're almost at the Point from Stevens St.
Cold Spring Bike Path is located in Lower Township, but it's a nice little stretch of no traffic once you get there. Take Broadway out to Sandman Blvd. (otherwise known as Ferry Rd.) Turn right on to Sandman Blvd., and the bike path is a little ways on your left. Visit Historic Cold Spring Village right along this path.
A trip to watch the Cape May Lewes Ferries dock and set sail would take you to the Delaware Bay. Take Broadway out to Sandman Blvd., and this time turn left. This road takes you all the way out to the bay.